David Brown

Profile Updated: February 9, 2018
David Brown
Residing In: Santa Fe, NM USA
Spouse/Partner: Valery
Homepage: www.spanishcolonial.com
Occupation: Art dealer - Spanish Colonial Paintings...mostly
Children: None
Yes! Attending Reunion

Many Shaker friends who were always desole when we beat their football team. I graduated from Heights High in 1965.

Currently in Denver but soon moving to Santa Fe. Life is an adventure but we all know where it ends...darn...

My story:

Lived in
San Francisco
and then NYC from 1973 - 2007
currently in Denver
Santa Fe pretty soon

Graduated from the U of Illinois Champaign on time in 1969.

Moved to NYC to be a writer after almost getting an MA in film. Finished the thesis film but never turned it in at Columbia College, Chicago.

Later an MBA at Baruch College NYC

No one told me you could make a killing as a writer just not a living. Wrote for Penthouse, Cosmo, Hustler (the shame) and other useless publications. Even had a top agent for a novel that never did get quite get published.

Eventually took a construction job so I could work half the year and write the other half. 1st "Ha" moment. Spent a year hanging out with the swells at Studio 54. (more than a waste of time).

Ended up doing construction fulltime and started own restoration firm in 1982 which had a wild six year run. We restored the interior of the NY Public Library on 42nd St in 1986. At the high point I had 200 employees...and I was on my way to being rich. But it was killing me and I sold out in 1988 to join my wife in art dealing which was thought to be less corrupt than construction 2nd "Ha" moment.

Have been dealing art: Spanish Colonial Paintings, Old Master Paintings and European sculpture since 1988. Not the sedate business one might think. Had a whistle blower experience when I/we (wife) turned in a 17th Century stolen polychrome wood altar relief to the Feds in 2002. It weighed one tone and was stolen from a chapel in Chalapampa, Peru and smuggled into Santa Fe, NM. The Bitti relief was a wildly important Peruvian piece of art. Well...it did not go as planned.

The Feds essentially accused us of being smugglers. After that got straightened out the incompetents (Feds) gave my wife a defective tape recorder to tape the smugglers. That upset me more than a bit. One of the perps tried to gain access to our NYC apartment but the US Federal DA (NYC) told me that because Customs was being reorganized into ICE there was nothing they could do right away...I began to blog about the cause under the pseudonym Boils and all hell broke loose. All Hell. To stop the blogging ( I used the name Boils) which embarrassed the Feds I was threatened with an obstruction of justice charge...yuk yuk. I talked to a top NYC criminal lawyer and continued to blog...and named the names of the incompetent feds. Eventually the Feds came around. Sorta.

The altar was confiscated. The Santa Fe rich boy smugglers were indicted. Alas the top dog smuggler died of a brain hemorrhage just before his trial was to begin. No one else was ever prosecuted. Likely there were crooked Peru officials involved. The altar was repatriated to Peru with big ceremonies in DC and Lima, Peru. We were not invited. But I did get an official apology from the US attorney who said by way of explanation that they were not used to dealing with people who were not perps themselves.

As another result I got two IRS up my rear audits in three years as pay back. The second IRS agent thought the audit was a joke and should not have been done. Luckily I pay my taxes (unlike many in the art world) and just had to waste months answering insane questions. Would I do it over again? Yes but differently. I’d blog the whole thing and ask for a reward and attorney fees up front.

So I’m still an art dealer. And I still pay all my taxes.

I also make tour apps for the iPad under Museum Planet on the app store. Alas I will likely never see a profit from the business: www.MuseumPlanet.com... dead now...

Very few app makers make/made a dime.

But…I box and and lift weights regularly and mostly like Denver. I do not however like getting old. Who knew?

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David Brown has left an In Memory comment for his Profile.
Jan 21, 2021 at 8:34 AM

Karen (Chokel) Rohrs

Karen Chokel Rohrs (nee Chokel), age 73, of Westlake, passed away on January 1, 2021. Born in Princeton, NJ, to the late Katherine (nee Bergen) and Frank Chokel. She was raised in Shaker Heights, OH, received her education degree from Bowling Green State University, and was a beloved teacher in the Toledo Public School System for over 30 years.

"Cookie" took great pride in her family and is survived by her sons and their families, (Jeff, Jenny, Declan, and Bailey Rohrs of Lakewood, Ohio, and Matt, Carolanne, Loretta, and Flynn Rohrs of Billings, MT); her siblings and their families, (Pam Campbell (nee Chokel), Jeff Chokel & Chuck Chokel); and her beloved Aunt Mart (nee Bergen) & Uncle John Van Zandt and their family.

Cookie will be dearly missed for her wit, kindness, and sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in her memory.


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David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Robert Vinton.
Jan 18, 2021 at 9:16 AM

Nones of March

I didn't come to
visit you this year,
though I have been
faithful since the spring
that I first learned.
No longer flesh
you have become
deep letters etched
on polished stone
as dark as old blood,
as cold as our Cleveland

in January.
This stone and late winter
have become our
meeting place,
not the boisterous,
placelessness of
our sunlit youth.
No more lazy afternoons
and celebratory evenings.
Now we meet early,
before the dawn,
the way that soldiers do,
cupping their cigarettes
against the waiting eyes,
before the day fills
with all that fills the days.
Before birds begin
their morning song,
while frost still glistens,
I walk the ramp slowly
until I find your name
among the others.
Softly I press bare fingers
into those diamond hard letters,
hoping my touch will resurrect
your easy laughter;
knowing that it won't
no matter how gentle.
Though I cannot hear your voice
I mark your presence
as sun rises, or rain falls,
or wind blows off the lake.
I tell you of the year
just past, knowing that
somehow you hear me.
'Happy birthday' 
I say to the stone,
and whisper of the phase of life
on which you and I
are separately embarked.
But this year
there are new obligations.
Instead mysterious granite,
I will meet you
on a Midwest hillside,
just as early,
just as convinced that,
even without a memorial, you will be there in the mist.
Me on my way to work,
you held fast in
what lies beyond,
me waiting to hear again
your voice.
You speaking
without using words. 

From a friend,

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Dec 07, 2020 at 9:49 AM

BRENNER MARC LEON BRENNER of Pepper Pike, beloved husband to Diane Burnham-Brenner, loving father of Jocelyn Anne of Tampa, FL, Justin Allen of Chagrin Falls, OH, Jordan Alexander of Macedonia, OH, Jeremy Austin of Los Angeles CA, Julian Aaron of Pepper Pike OH, and Journey Aubrey of Pepper Pike, OH, passed away peacefully at his home the morning of February 10th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 4, 1947 to the late Julius A. Brenner and Giselle Camille Brenner (Armand). Marc was a graduate of Shaker Heights High School and received a degree in Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College in 1971. Marc served as President and CEO of Ohio Technical College for the last 34 years, one of the largest and most respected technical automotive schools in the country. He and his father co-founded the school in1969. Over the course of the last 4 decades, the college has grown into a thriving business and has received numerous awards and accolades from business leaders and educational partners, most recently recognized with the Ohio Family Business Achievement Award in 2015. Viewing hours will be held Sunday, February 14, between 1:00PM - 6:00PM at JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME, 521 BROADWAY AVENUE, BEDFORD, OH (440) 232-1441. The family will receive friends and colleagues at an open memorial reception on Monday, February 15, between 12:00PM and 3:00PM at Landerhaven Reception Center, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marc Brenner Fund at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, c/o Institutional Relations and Development, 11100 Euclid Avenue MCCO-5062, Cleveland, OH 44106. www.johnsonromito.com

David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Lynn Rogers.
Oct 22, 2020 at 7:16 AM

Lynn Rogers Born June 19, 1947 the beloved daughter of Clarence D. Rogers, Sr. and Willa Rogers (both deceased) and the sister of Clarence D. Rogers, Jr., Willa Williams and Suzanne Andrade (deceased). She was an affectionate aunt, cousin and friend to many. She transitioned home to be with our Lord and Savior on October 16, 2020. Lynne Joy was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her family relocated to Cleveland in 1958 during her formative years. She graduated from Shaker Heights High School and The School of Theology at Claremont. She spent many years in California. She was a semi-retired community, business and economic development professional with more than 40 years of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations and communications targeted to diverse low-income African American communities. A memorial service will be held on June 19, 2021. Those who wish to make a contribution in her name please send to: Kent State University Foundation, Clarence D. Rogers Family Diversity Scholarship Fund 350 South Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242.

David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Carol Aaron Bortz.
Sep 12, 2020 at 10:12 AM


Carol A Bortz

OCTOBER 27, 1946 – APRIL 4, 2020

Dearly beloved wife of David N Bortz.; devoted mother of Daniel Isaac Bortz and Aaron C. Bortz; step mother of Brian C. Bortz; grandmother of Isabella; loving daughter of Lois Altschul Aaron (deceased); dear sister of John Aaron and Amy Aaron (Patricia Jenkins).

Carol was a well-known survivor of Breast Cancer and was an active volunteer at the Gathering Place. She was a Director of the Buckeye Community Center and was an actor and Board Member of the East Cleveland Theatre.

There will be a zoom service arranged and to participate please send your e mail address to CarolBortzMemorial@gmail.com.

Contributions are suggested to the Gathering Place.

David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Joe Musarro.
Jan 30, 2019 at 12:33 PM

Joseph “Joe” A. Musarro, 72, of Medina, passed away on November 9, 2018. He was born on May 31, 1947, in Cleveland, to the late Joseph and Jean (Ferraro) Musarro. Joe graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and proudly served our country from 1968 until 1974.

He worked as a sales manager in the automobile industry for over 40 years, from which he retired.

Joe had a passion for classic cars, owning many in his lifetime. A special one that was near and dear to his heart was his 1965 Malibu. He attended many car shows with his friends. He loved spending time with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, especially to the South West mountains. Joe was truly a people person, and had the most kind hearted and generous personality. He lit up any room he entered with his warm smile. His humor brought much laughter wherever he went.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 21 wonderful years, Karen (Moore) Musarro; children, Deanna (Alan) Piatak and Steve (Darcy) Bajko; grandchildren, Jessica, Natalie, Jack, Calvin and Tyler; his brother, Jamie (Mary Jo) Musarro and sister, Bonnie (Mike) Myers; and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Jarod Piatak; former wife, Joann E Musarro; and his brother, Teddy Musarro.

Joe’s family will receive friends both on Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 2-5 p.m., at Waite &  Son Funeral Home, located at 765 N Court Street, Medina, OH 44256, and again on Monday, November 19, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. at Strongsville United Methodist Church, located at 13500 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. on Monday with Pastor Dave Scavuzzo officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Contributions in Joe’s memory can be made to an organization of your choice.

Oct 11, 2018 at 8:34 AM
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Jan 02, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Dr. James Winer, a pioneer in the Alternative Health movement and a beloved local practitioner, died suddenly in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was 70 years old. Dr. Winer was a familiar voice on local radio, bringing his message of nutritional therapy and alternative health treatments to his many patients in the tri-state area and throughout the country. Dr. Winer established the Winer Wellness Center to treat and educate the public on alternative ways to good health. His passion and caring for his patients showed and he helped thousands during his 45 year career. He was able to show his patients how their body could heal itself if given the proper nutrients without unnecessary surgeries and medication. It was his mission to educate everyone and he authored many books and articles on Alternative Health. During his long career, he served as a lecturer, editor and teacher in the Alternative Health field. He was the Associate Director of the prestigious Price-Pottenger Nutrition Research Foundation, Director of the National Health Project, Convention Director of the National Health Federation, Education Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in San Diego, California, Editor of the "Journal of Energy Medicine" and founder and Director of Winer Wellness Center. In his quest to provide quality supplements to his patients he founded Nutritional Frontiers and brought quality products to Practitioners and patients throughout the nation. Dr. Winer graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris. He was the valedictorian of his class at Life University, where he received his doctorate summa cum laude. He was an accomplished pianist and was a patron and champion of the arts and an ardent supporter of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera and Ballet. He loved to travel and visited many museums of art and attended many performances throughout the world. Dr. Winer was born in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Abraham and Lois Winer. He is survived by his sister, Joanne Miller of Pittsburgh; his aunt, Belle Garrick of Los Angeles; many loving cousins and countless admiring friends and patients. A Memorial Service will be held early next year. Memorial contributions in the name of James Winer may be made to the Annual Fund of the Pittsburgh Symphony at https://pittsburghsymphonyorchestra.org.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 10, 2017

David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Elizabeth Cassen.
Aug 06, 2017 at 8:33 PM


Cassen, Elizabeth Jean, RN, BSN, of Delray Beach, beautiful daughter of Philip and Rose Cassen (both deceased), formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, passed away on October 19, 2006, at age 59. Survived by siblings, Samuel, Joyce, and Elaine, and her nieces and nephews. Dear Elizabeth's ashes will be laid to rest at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, noon, Sunday, November 12, 2006. Donations to Cats Exclusive, 6350 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate, FL 33063, deeply appreciated. We love you dearly, Auntie B!.

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Mar 18, 2017 at 12:33 PM


  Memorial services for Linda Louise Laronge, 69, of Fairport Harbor, will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Avenue, Willoughby. Pastor Cheryl Delaney of First Christian Church of Willoughby will officiate at the service. 
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Linda passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hospice House in Cleveland. Born March 18, 1947 in Cleveland, she has lived in Fairport Harbor for the past ten years.

Linda was well known as portraying First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, with the We Made History Group. She also worked in retail at Macy's and Dillard's and had previously worked in her family real estate business. 

Survivors are her brother Joseph A. Laronge of Salem, OR. She also leaves many friends, co-workers and fellow re-enactors with the We Made History Group. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Eve (Crocker) Laronge.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, Inc., 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 or a favorite charity .
Published in The News-Herald on Mar. 17, 2017
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David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Robert Kidd.
Nov 23, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Robert J. Kidd St


On September 11 2002 of Glendora age 56. Beloved son of Dorothy Jane Kidd and the late George Samuel Sr.
Devoted father of Amy Lynn Yahrling Robert J. Kidd Jr. and his wife Kimberly Kelly Lynne Karen Michelle Daniel Robert and Katie Lynne Kidd. 
Dear grandfather of Brett and Kristina Yahrling Joseph Battersby and Robert Joseph Kidd. Loving brother of George Kidd Jr. and his wife Connie Thomas Kidd and his wife Marilyn and Edward Kidd and his wife Nancy. Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kidd was a member of Carpenters Local 2098.
Family and Friends are invited to call Tuesday eve from 7 to 8pm at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME RUNNEMEDE 126 S. Black Horse Pike Runnemede. Funeral Service 8 pm at the Funeral Home.
Interment private at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to: Condolences @ GardnerFuneralHome.com

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David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Maxine Lebby.
Nov 23, 2016 at 8:32 PM

MAXINE A. PEFFER (nee Lebby) Passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009 in her home in Port St. Lucie, FL. Born in 1946 in St. Louis, MO. She attended the University of Cincinnati, and the Sorbonne in Paris. She began her marketing career in advertising for the Higbee Company in Cleveland, OH; wrote freelance poetry for American Greeting and traveled extensively throughout the world. A life long lover of animals, she founded 'Pamper Your Pets' in Willowbrook, IL. Beloved daughter of Harriet Lebby and the late Leonard Lebby of Jupiter, FL. Cherished sister of Steve (Ellyn) Lebby. Loving Aunt of Laurel and Jonathan (Nicole) Lebby. Great-aunt to Jacob and William Lebby. The family requests contributions in Maxine's name to the Geauga Humane Society, PO Box 116, Novelty, OH 44071. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries - See more at:


David Brown has left an In Memory comment for Joel Kaye.
Sep 19, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Joel N. Kaye 

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Age 65, died on March 3, 2013, in Santa Barbara, California. Beloved son of the late Hyman and Jeanette Kaye (nee Nudelman), cherished brother of Gina Ashby (Carl) of Chesterland, Ohio, adored uncle of Jason Ashby (Jodi), great-uncle of Jenni, Jamie, and Josie Ashby. Joel was a generous and fun-loving man who is also survived by many cousins and a large group of loyal and devoted friends. Private services were held. Donations may be made in Joel's name to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield MA 01202 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd, #445, Independence OH 44131.

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Jul 28, 2015 at 4:33 PM


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Jane Karch Martin served the greater Cleveland community for many years in two helping professions: Teacher of our youth and Counselor of adults and youth with chemical addictions. As such, she touched many lives in wonderful ways. God only knows the fruits of her labor in His service. She was born in 1946 in the corridors of University Hospitals [This was the start of the baby boom and the maternity wards were full.] to Mary Sargent Karch and George F. Karch, Sr. Hers was a very successful family with her Father becoming Chairman of The Cleveland Trust Co., Ohio�s largest bank and tenth largest in the country. Jane, her two brothers and one sister all went through the Shaker School System. George became a highly recognized litigator for Thompson, Hine, and Flory while Sarge became Counsel for the National Football League. In her youth, Jane was a �tomboy� and pitched for the Onaway boys� baseball team until they discovered that she was a girl. She was never one for formality, pomp and circumstance. None-the-less, she did accommodate her Mother by being introduced to society by the Cotillion Society in 1965. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School, Jane attended the College of Wooster, earning a B.A. degree in Sociology in 1969. In the fall of 1970, Jane began her Special Education teaching career with Orchard Elementary School in Cleveland. Her classroom was in the 19th century annex portion of the school. One highlight of her time at Orchard was the theatrical production of Jack and Beanstock for parents and friends. In the fall of 1975, Jane married Edward A. Martin, an engineer with The Cleveland Twist Drill Co., largest cutting tool manufacturer in the world. While her teaching career was on hold, she tutored at Oxford School in Cleveland Heights. In the late 1970�s, Jane transitioned to in-patient counseling of adults and youth with alcohol and drug addictions. She worked for Horizon Center (the Cuyahoga County rehab facility for adults with chemical addiction), Willowridge, and Family Health. In the mid-1990�s, Jane returned to her teaching career, restarting as an aide at Shaker Heights High School. She subsequently became certified and licensed as a teacher again, teaching and tutoring special needs students. Jane had great passion for her avocations. She was a collector and student of American decorative arts. In particular, she was an expert in American silhouettes, lighting devices, samplers, and inks. She wrote and lectured on topics and belonged to a number of national and local collecting groups. Jane loved to travel out east with her husband to visit old houses and museums. She became fast friends with a number of curators in the museum world, many of whom visited with them at their home. Her favorite place of all was Mount Vernon, home of George Washington in Virginia. Jane was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer in mid-March. She immediately began chemotherapy at the Hirsch Cancer Center at Hillcrest Hospital. Despite the best efforts of a wonderful staff of doctors and nurses, the steady progression of this dreadful form of cancer took its toll on September 11th. Jane had suffered terribly for six months and is now at peace with her Lord. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life is planned for Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Garfield Memorial Church in Pepper Pike. She was the loving wife of Edward A. Martin. She was the dear sister of George F. Karch, Jr. (Carolyn) of Chagrin Falls, OH, Betsy Karch Wilson (Richard) of Northport, MI. Dear sister-in-law of Karen Karch of Bethesda, MD and Daniel Martin (Christine) of Chicago, IL; daughter-in-law of Paula Martin. She is also survived by her loyal whippet, Mary Martin, and 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by: her parents, George F. Karch, Sr. and Mary Sargent Karch; her brother, Sargent Karch. The family prefers that those who wish make contributions in her name to The Gathering Place, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH 44122 or to Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124.

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Jul 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM



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KLEINMAN JANE E. KLEINMAN passed away in Linclon City, OR. On Sunday January 13th. She is survived by Robert M. Klein-man (Leslie) and Jimmy Kleinman (Lynn). Jane grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A graduate of Boston University. For 30 years she taught at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. For past to 10 years she has lived in Lincoln City OR.

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Sep 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

STEPHEN O. WALKER, age 66, died September 11, 2014. Beloved husband of Jun Walker (nee Ge); devoted father of Jenifer Walker and Jessica Walker of Hartford, CT; loving grandfather of Noah Walker; cherished son of Robert Walker of Pembroke Pines, FL and the late Betty Walker (nee Kaufman); dear brother of Howard of TX. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 10 AM. CALL (216) 932-7900(216) 932-7900 FOR LOCATION.

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